Nos. Crim. A.1996-247, 1996-249.

119 F.Supp.2d 531 (2000)

Frank FONSECA and Blanche Finney, Appellants, v. GOVERNMENT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, Appellee.

District Court, Virgin Islands, Appellate Division, D. St. Thomas and St. John.

Filed October 6, 2000.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Henry C. Smock, Ariel Smith, Law Offices of Henry C. Smock, St. Thomas, VI, for Appellant Fonseca.

Treston E. Moore, Moore & Dodson, St. Thomas, VI, for Appellant Finney.

Maureen Phelan Cormier, Assistant Attorney General, Virgin Islands Department of Justice, St. Thomas, VI, for Appellee.

Before: RAYMOND L. FINCH, Chief Judge, District Court of the Virgin Islands; THOMAS K. MOORE, District Judge, District Court of the Virgin Islands; and PATRICIA D. STEELE, Judge, Territorial Court, Division of St. Croix, Sitting by Designation.




In June of 1996, following a jury trial, Blanche Finney ["Finney" or, together with Mr. Fonseca, "appellants"] and Frank Fonseca ["Fonseca" or, together with Ms. Finney, "appellants"] were each convicted of second degree murder in violation of V.I. CODE ANN. tit. 14, § 922(b). The court sentenced Finney to fifteen years incarceration and Fonseca to sixteen years. Finney and Fonseca request that...

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